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Smiles reflect an enjoyable day at the Wine on the Fox in Oswego. Photo by LockedInPhotography.com

Volunteers needed for Wine on the Fox in Oswego May 4-5

Smiles reflect an enjoyable day at the annual Wine on the Fox in Oswego last year. Photo by LockedInPhotography.com Wine on the Fox, presented by john greene Realtor, returns to Oswego on Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, 2019, and volunteers are needed to help make the event a success. Proceeds from…...

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Northern Illinois panel of lawmakers seeks funds for many infrastructure projects

  By JERRY NOWICKI –  Capitol News Illinois Jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Stakeholders from northern Illinois added to the State’s list of capital funding requests Monday, April 22 when lawmakers from both sides of the aisle acknowledged more revenue would be necessary to get the State’s infrastructure back in working order. “The need…...

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Bison born at Fermilab

First baby bison of the year born at Fermilab April 20

Fermilab offers several annual traditions for its Batavia area neighbors, from Family Open House to STEM Career Expo. But none is quite as anticipated as the birth of each year’s first baby bison. Saturday, April 20, baby bison season officially began. The first calf of the year was born in the early morning…...

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Movie: The Public

‘The Public’ movie important portrayal, plight, of homelessness

By Judd Lofchie –  I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation to the Chicago premiere of the movie “The Public” and afterwards a Q & A with the director, Emilio Estevez, and Ryan Dowd, the executive director of Hesed House, Aurora’s homeless shelter. Ryan Dowd wrote the book, “The…...

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An Aurora woman was arrested over the holiday weekend after shooting a handgun at her neighbor during a dispute in the parking lot of their apartment complex. Lagwanda Hudson, 44, of the 2700 block of Village Green Dr, was arrested Saturday morning after firing a handgun at her neighbor during a fist fight in the parking lot of their apartment complex. At 9:40 AM, April 20, Aurora Police Department was dispatched to a call of shots fired at the Village Green Apartment Complex on the City’s Far East Side. The investigation revealed that Hudson and another resident, a 30-year-old Aurora woman had been involved in an ongoing neighbor dispute for the past few weeks. Police learned that this morning the two women became involved in a fist fight in the parking lot outside the apartment complex after one reportedly saw the other giving "dirty looks." During the altercation, Hudson reportedly retrieved a Glock pistol from her purse and fired once at the victim, narrowly missing the left side of her head. The pistol was recovered from Hudson's vehicle, and she was taken into custody without further incident. The victim was treated and released from a local hospital for minor scratches and pain in her left ear, presumably from the firearm discharge. The DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized one (1) count of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, a Class 1 Felony. Hudson was transported to the DuPage County Jail to be arraigned on bond. Charges are not proof of guilt. The defendant listed herein is presumed innocent and is entitled to fair trials at which it is the burden of the State to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

‘Dirty Looks’ Leads to One Shot Fired In Parking Lot; Arrest Made

An Aurora woman was arrested over the Easter/Passover Holiday weekend after shooting a handgun at her neighbor in Aurora during a dispute in the parking lot of their apartment complex.   Lagwanda Hudson, 44, of the 2700 block of Village Green Drive, Aurora, was arrested Saturday morning after firing a…...

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In North Aurora: Dale Berman, Village president, in his annual State of the Village address Wednesday, April 10 in the Oak Street Restaurant, gives a focus to the new vision statement of the Village government: An attentive municipal organization that connects with community, commerce, and nature. Carter Crane/The Voice

State of the Village of North Aurora includes a new vision statement

Dale Berman, North Aurora Village president, in his annual State of the Village address Wednesday, April 10 in the Oak Street Restaurant, gives a focus to the new vision statement of the Village government: An attentive municipal organization that connects with community, commerce, and nature. Carter Crane/The Voice… This content...

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Chuck Adams, execuitve director of Indivisible Aurora, left, and Richard Irvin, mayor of Aurora, Tuesday, announce the reversal of the cancellation of the 2019 Aurora Pride Parade. Indivisible Aurora needed $17,000 to cover expenses. See Amy Roth's information on page 7. Funds were raised in a Go Fund Me account Tuesday. A video of the event can be viewed at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Cancellation of the 2019 Aurora Pride Parade reversed

Chuck Adams, executive director of Indivisible Aurora, left, and Richard Irvin, mayor of Aurora, Tuesday, announce the reversal of the cancellation of the 2019 Aurora Pride Parade. The announcement took place at Irvin’s media briefing event at City Hall, April 16. Indivisible Aurora needed $17,000 to cover expenses. See Amy…...

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Massive Crowd Attends 9th Annual Mooseheart Easter Egg Hunt

Massive Crowd Attends 9th Annual Mooseheart Easter Egg Hunt

Warm air and clear skies helped boost attendance at Mooseheart’s 9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, which took place on Saturday on the campus’ football field. An estimated 4,000 attended the event, which has become a fixture on area calendars since its inception in 2011. This year, 18,000 plastic eggs filled with…...

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Oswego Veterans Serenity Park ground-breaking

Oswego’s Veterans Serenity Park ground-breaking held Saturday, April 13, 2019

By Carter Crane – The Veterans Serenity Park ground-breaking in Oswego Saturday, April 13 was both the process of a beginning and of a completion for the committee which has been working on the project for nearly a year. The Park projection completion date is November this year. The Park,…...

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Kiwanis Club of Aurora completes payment for sponsorship of Children’s Corner to Aurora Public Library Foundation

Kiwanis Club of Aurora members present a ceremonial check April 6 for a last payment on a $100,000 pledge to the Aurora Public Library Foundation to name the Children’s Corner at the Richard and Gina Santori Public Library of Aurora in downtown Aurora. Club president Kim Groom is center. From…...

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First Call

Aurora parade marshals in demand

The city government of Aurora is seeking nominations for grand marshals for this year’s Memorial Day and Fourth of July parades. A nominee must be an Auroran who has made significant contributions to the quality of life in the City, whether it in the areas of civic or social services,…...

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Wayne Johnson

On rigors of working on a really old radio to give it life

Spring finally has sprung…somewhere. Trees are budding and flowers are blooming. The animals in Al Demeter Park next to the Santori Public Library of Aurora have come out of hibernation and are emerging from their dens just in time to get a load of wet, heavy, snow dumped on them…....

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Ice cream dreams by Fourth of July: Workers clean the windows of the former Aurora Silverplate Manufacturing building in downtown Aurora at 6 E. Downer Place. The building is being restored and a planned ice cream shop has a target date to open by the Fourth of July. The site has been vacant for many years. Jason Crane/The Voice

Ice cream dreams by Fourth of July:

Workers clean the windows of the former Aurora Silverplate Manufacturing building in downtown Aurora at 6 E. Downer Place. The building is being restored and a planned ice cream shop has a target date to open by the Fourth of July. The site has been vacant for many years. Jason…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Jo Fredell Higgins to receive Kiwanis Club of Aurora Service to God and Fellowman Award

The Kiwanis Club of Aurora will present its annual Service To God and Fellowman Award to Jo Fredell Higgins at an evening banquet in her honor Monday, May 20 at Gaslite Manor in Aurora. The award annually honors a community member for exemplary leadership skills, consistent service as a role…...

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More than 60 groups, floats, and units enjoyed the inaugural pride parade in Aurora Sunday through the streets of downtown. Here are two of the participating groups. See page 1, page 7, and see facebook.com/thevoice.us for a video of the event. Jason Crane/The Voice

Pride Parade and Festival back on again; Go Fund Me helps

By Amy Roth – The Pride Parade and Festival in Aurora is back on again less than a week after its cancelation. Mayor Richard Irvin of Aurora announced Tuesday afternoon standing next to Chuck Adams, executive director of community advocacy group Indivisible Aurora, organizer of the event. The announcement came…...

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The North Aurora community emergency response team (CERT) receives applause and appreciation at the Village Board meeting Monday after Village president Dale Berman read a proclamation declaring April Volunteer Appreciation Month in North Aurora. Chief David Fisher said in 2018 2,067 hours were volunteered, almost double from the 1,131 in 2017. He estimates the Village saved more than $51,000 in 2018 because the volunteers assist paid staff members during disasters and other emergencies, planned events such as North Aurora Days and parades. Volunteers may assist with directing traffic, perimeter/access control, triage/first aid, light search and rescue, shelter set up, and operation. Jason Crane/The Voice

North Aurora community emergency response team appreciated for saving Village more than $50,000 in 2018

The North Aurora community emergency response team (CERT) receives applause and appreciation at the Village Board meeting Monday after Village president Dale Berman read a proclamation declaring April Volunteer Appreciation Month in North Aurora. Chief David Fisher said in 2018 2,067 hours were volunteered, almost double from the 1,131 in…...

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Standing ovation for Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman

At the April 9 meeting of the Woman’s Club of Aurora at Belle Salle Banquets, Kristen Ziman, chief of the Aurora Police Department (APD), was presented with a $500 check to honor APD first responders by Club president Cathy Martin. Chief Ziman thanked members for the outpouring of support from…...

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Humane Society of Aurora fundraiser: Blackie the dog meets a visitor at a Humane Society of Aurora fundraiser recently at Pig Dog Pub in Montgomery. Featured were the band Trio and numerous raffle baskets. The second annual Doris Day event raised funds for the volunteer arm of Aurora Animal Control and Care. Volunteers showed a half dozen dogs for adoption. Al Benson/The Voice

Humane Society of Aurora fundraiser:

Blackie the dog meets a visitor at a Humane Society of Aurora fundraiser recently at Pig Dog Pub in Montgomery. Featured were the band Trio and numerous raffle baskets. The second annual Doris Day event raised funds for the volunteer arm of Aurora Animal Control and Care. Volunteers showed a…...

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Full Fox River kayak trip: Vernon LaVia, Charlie Zine, and Kiwanis president-elect Steve Andras pose at Tuesday's luncheon meeting at the Prisco Center following Charlie Zine's presentation. He gave a program on his trip the full length of the Fox River by kayak from the headwaters of the Fox River at Colgate, Wis. and 202 miles to Ottawa at the confluence of the Illinois River last year. Amy Roth photo

Full Fox River kayak trip shared with Kiwanis Club of Aurora:

Vernon LaVia, Charlie Zine, and Kiwanis president-elect Steve Andras pose at Tuesday’s luncheon meeting at the Prisco Center following Charlie Zine’s presentation. He gave a program on his trip the full length of the Fox River by kayak from the headwaters of the Fox River at Colgate, Wis. and 202…...

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Students share at Sunrise: Nearly a dozen Waubonsee Community College students spent their Spring break in Houston with “Helping Hands and Hearts” a group helping to rehab homes damaged by hurricane Harvey that devastated Houston two years ago. The group shared its experience with members of the Aurora Sunrise Rotary Club recently at Mother's Pancake House in Aurora. The Club helped finance the trip. The students talked about the long hours, the skills they learned, their sore muscles, the devastation they saw, the suffering of the inhabitants, and most important, the fun they had as a group, and the good feeling they had about what they did. The Club members expressed their appreciation and admiration for the students who spent their Spring break to help those in real need. Here are eight of the 10 students who made the trip and the two chaperones. Tom Clark photo

Students share Helping Hands experience with Aurora Sunrise Rotary Club:

Nearly a dozen Waubonsee Community College students spent their Spring break in Houston with “Helping Hands and Hearts” a group helping to rehab homes damaged by hurricane Harvey that devastated Houston two years ago. The group shared its experience with members of the Aurora Sunrise Rotary Club recently at Mother’s…...

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